& Satisfaction with a Managed
Early Intervention Program
Sample Case Study
Costs Related to Rotator Cuff Tear & Surgery:
Direct cost of rotator cuff surgery… $25,000
Post-operative care… $10,000
Average settlement award…. $25,000
Indirect costs (lost time)… $100,000 (or more)
Cost of onsite early intervention…….. $500
Cost of ergonomic solution……………. $3,000
Total cost of prevention solution……. $3,500
POTENTIAL COST SAVINGS……….. $156,500
Companies have reported an average of 50% return on their investment with initiating effective ergonomic processes.
We Help You Minimize Work Injury Risk Exposure
An important element in positively addressing work-related musculoskeletal injuries is through Early Intervention strategies. The “EI” process is triggered by an employee’s report of musculoskeletal symptoms (pain, discomfort, stiffness, achiness, soreness, etc.). The employee’s symptoms are evaluated onsite by a licensed rehabilitation professional. An intervention/first-aid strategy is developed following OSHA First-aid guidelines. Potential ergonomic stressors are also evaluated. Recommendations regarding work technique modification, first-aid interventions, or ergonomic controls are identified. Follow-up by the onsite EI Specialist occurs on a weekly basis to assess improvement.
Ergonomic Analysis and Training
Employers are provided direction regarding existence of exposure to musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) risks and hazards. Using a functional and biomechanical approach, recommendations for eliminating risks of MSD injuries are identified to improve the safety of the work environment, overall productivity, and the health of the workforce. Application of various industry standards relative to occupational health, safety, and ergonomics are used as part of the analysis process. Educational presentations are customized to meet the unique needs of the employer (supervisors and employees). Topics such as work site stretching, back safety, body mechanics, musculoskeletal disorders, and ergonomics are offered.
Injury Prevention & Awareness Training
Employee awareness is critical for preventing soft-tissue injuries. Employees do not watch themselves work. Many employees do not feel they have experienced an “injury” until their pain limits their ability to perform tasks at work or home. Complacency occurs – workers simply “go through the motions” without focusing on the task at hand, which increases risk of injury. We provide customized Employee and Supervisor Education and Awareness Training in ergonomics, movement, early reporting, muscle recovery, and wellness. We customize content specific to your unique work environment.
Job Function Analysis (JFA)
A Job Function Analysis (JFA) is a comprehensive, objective, and structured process of evaluating the physical aspects of work, the worker, and the worksite. Applications for both office and industrial settings are utilized. The JFA process objectively quantifies, measures, and categorizes the active components of the job. This includes required movements, forces exerted, weights/loads, and postures/positions. The data from the JFA can then be used to assist with development of Job Function Descriptions (JFDs), Quantified Job Demands, Job Function Tests (JFTs), ergonomic modifications, customized educational programs, and return to work programs.
JOB FUNCTION TESTING (JFT)
The JFT is the first step employers can take in preventing injuries because it matches work and the worker. This ADA compliant functional test is used to determine an individual’s ability to safely perform the physical requirements of a specific job. Based on validated Job Function Descriptions (JFDs) to ensure job-relatedness, the JFT provides specific correlations between job demands and an applicant’s physical abilities. It can be used for hiring, job transfers, and return to work situations.
For Safety Managers
Safety Managers gain systems and a team for effective work injury management and mitigation efforts.
Employers gain visibility and third-party assurance that employee concerns don’t escalate to recordables with timely employee symptom monitoring and regular reporting.
Did You Know?
MSD-related injuries can have a significant impact on your business. In 2003, $13-20 Billion was spent on MSDs alone. Read more on work injury facts and find out what simple actions you can take today to avoid the risks of MSD-related injuries to your operation and your employees.
Employers and Managers trust the Ege Team.
Results speak for themselves! A positive, successful safety culture connects everyone in the company around a common goal to measurably reduce near misses and incidents. It goes beyond following safety procedures and rules. Great cultures elicit safety buy-in from employees. Failure to address the early warning signs of musculoskeletal conditions will lead to higher injury rates, increased costs, greater levels of absenteeism, and an overall decrease in productivity – all of which impact an employer’s bottom-line.
Early Intervention is a key strategy that addresses the musculoskeletal health of a workforce. EI allows workers to go home healthy and happy so they can enjoy their lives.
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